Why it's popular: Online chat rooms have been around for ages, as have the iffy and inappropriate conversations that happen in them. Why it's popular: There's something to be said about sharing one's innermost thoughts without repercussions, especially if those thoughts aren't socially acceptable: It's cathartic.
Though there are many misconceptions about "online predators," it's true that risky online relationships -- though rare -- more frequently evolve in chat rooms when teens willingly seek out or engage in sexual conversation. For those who simply choose to browse, delivers on that desire.
What parents need to know: 's creators intended the app's fleeting images to be a way for teens to share fun, light moments without the risk of having them go public.
And that's what most teens use it for: sending goofy or embarrassing photos to one another.
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and that it's OK for them to ask you about it, especially if it upsets them.
But it doesn't mean teens can't still get themselves in trouble.
Though most teens are only sharing day-to-day moments with an already-tight social group, there can be unintended consequences when teens think temporary messages really disappear forever or when they make mean comments under cover of anonymous apps.
Why it's popular: Although there are some friendly interactions on -- Q&As about favorite foods or crushes, for example -- there are lots of mean comments and some creepy sexual posts.
This iffy content is part of the site's appeal for teens.These kinds of conversations will be far from fleeting -- the benefits will last a lifetime.